Fatigued drivers pose a greater hazard on the roads than previously thought, the May-June issue of AAA Midwest Traveler reports.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that more than one in five fatal crashes involve driver fatigue. That’s higher than what official data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate, the AAA magazine reports.
It is a serious problem. Drinking coffee helps. Chewing gum also keeps some motorists more alert.
A third of crashes involving a drowsy driver end with injuries, and annually more than 6,000 fatigue-related wrecks result in at least one fatality.
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Earlier AAA Foundation research found that young drivers ages 19 to 24 were more likely to admit to driving while drowsy, with 33 percent saying it had occurred in the last month.
The warning signs for people who plan to get behind the wheel include the inability to remember the last few miles traveled, having wandering thoughts, having a tough time focusing, feeling like your head weighs a ton, drifting in and out of the lane, yawning a lot, missing traffic signals and unintentionally tailgating.